Seattle >Food & Dining > Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.615505 -122.337886
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
A spendy proposition unless you visit during happy hour 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. when $1 oysters, $2 popcorn, $4 foie and $5 plates of cheese and charcuterie make it a real value.
$1 oysters & more for happy hour til 6:30. 3 dining rooms, rotating menu that focuses on all parts of the world. Pastry chef is a goddess.
Very disappointing – My friends and I were looking forward to a lovely New Year's Eve dinner at Mistral Kitchen's Jewel Box and were so disappointed with the experience.
Although some of the food was quite good - the black eyed peas with perfectly soft boiled egg and braised pork belly were delicious, other dishes were just not good. None of us could finish our portion of musky lamb...and our drinks from the bar were poorly made.
The food would have brought me back to try again; however, the service was TERRIBLE! Our water glasses were left empty for long stretches, and we had to ask several times to be served our bottle of wine. Our waiter never checked on us to see how our dinner was going. Food was slow to arrive, and our empty plates were left on the table for 20 minute stretches.
But the clincher is when a diner caught a napkin on fire at another table. The diners extinguished it with their water (good luck getting more), and not one staff person came to find out if they were okay! The burnt napkin and two other dirty tables remained uncleaned for over half an hour.
The restaurant was not very busy this evening, so I cannot comprehend why the service was so dismal.
To top it off, when we told the hostess that our experience had been "fine" and described the problems to her, she responded by saying, "we'll take fine". What? This seemed unacceptable to me.
For such an expensive dinner, we all expected much more. Why pay $700 plus for dinner when there are such better options out there?
Just So-So – Our brunch group (5 people this time) was meeting there but it was a little hard to find because the sign was not very noticeable. The staff was very patient because a couple of our group were late.
The menu is very limited and there's not alot of substance in any of the selections. The bacon is small & paper thin. We expected to get all our meals together but the last person to arrive placed her order 15 mins after the rest of us and she got hers first! They gave my side to someone else. They explained it but I said to forget it. They brought it & no charge but I was already with my waffle. When the checks came, the mixed up 2 of ours. There was only 8 other people besides us. I don't understand why the errors.
Overall the food was good but pricey for what you got. Only recommend if you have something at home an hour or so before hand.
$4 CAN of Diet Coke – I just dined at Mistral Kitchen for Restaurant Week and while the food was decent (not great) the experience was ruined when the bill came and the CAN of Diet Coke was $4!!! I even asked if it was correct. Yep, $4 for a single can of Diet Coke. My friend in NYC verified that's an outrageous price even by NY standards.
I will never eat there again purely on principal.
Fantastic cocktails and happy hour – I'm eager to try a full-on meal here, but until my birthday rolls around, happy hour is a great way to enjoy the drinks and a hint of what Mistral is capable of in the kitchen.
The cocktails span from light and summery to dark and smoky, each one meticulously crafted and balanced. I think the bar program rivals those at specialty cocktail spots like Knee High and Tavern Law. I also appreciate that happy hour knocks a few bucks off the fancy list, and offers a few house drinks at a reasonable price.
The pizza is simple and satisfying; clams are a memorable bargain and the tofu popcorn has great Asian flavors.
Deliciousness --- at a price – A night out at Mistral Kitchen wasn't easy on the pocket book, but our tastebuds were content. The limited selection menu (with a whole bunch of things that we had to ask our waiter to interpret) had some interesting offerings. We all loved the hamachi krudo and our entrees (pork shoulder, a single sea scallop) were tasty. Portions were small and a bit overpriced. The side potatoes were the biggest hit of all. If you like butter (and really who doesn't?), these are a definite item to add to your order.
One minor note - the decore is a bit uninspiring. Comparable to a hotel restaurant? Not what we were hoping for but nothing to take it off of our "return to someday" list.
Mediocre Venue – Even though we had made a reservation well in advance, we were offered the worst and smallest table of the restaurant right in front of the reception area.
The menu is very limited and not categorized, which makes it difficult to order. The food is overpriced and portions are small. The execution was acceptable but the meat especially was flavorless and dry.
We spent $120 for one appetizer, two of the cheapest entrees and one half size bottle of the cheapest sake. Only the sake was actually worth of praise.
Afterwards we went to nearby Barolo because we were still hungry.
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